Sylvie’s Love: Film Review

Sylvie's Love

I am a huge fan of Tessa Thompson and after watching her in supporting roles in big-budget projects like Westworld, Creed, and Thor: Ragnarok, it was a joy to see her as a leading lady in a romance drama.

The movie begins in the late ’50s in New York City, when Robert (Nnamdi Asomugha), a talented saxophonist in an up-and-coming jazz band, applies for a job at a record store in Harlem run by Sylvie’s father. Despite being engaged to Lacy Parker (Alano Miller), Sylvie cannot resist Robert, but their summer romance is forced to come to an end after he gets offered a job in Paris. Five years later, the duo reconnects over a chance encounter and realise their feelings haven’t gone away.

Sylvie’s Love feels classic and old-fashioned, like romance movies back in the day, and films like that hardly ever get made anymore, let alone with Black leads. It sounds like a simple thing to say but it was so lovely to watch. This film takes us on the journey of Sylvie and Robert’s relationship over several years and you get invested in them as a couple as well as individuals with their own professional problems. I particularly cared about Sylvie’s struggle to become a TV producer although she has no experience and her determination to live her own dreams rather than give up her job to take care of her responsibilities as a wife.

Thompson is charming and captivating and looked stunning in Sylvie’s expensive clothes. She had believable chemistry with Asomugha, who impressed me (I have never seen act before). I also enjoyed Aja Naomi King as Sylvie’s fun cousin Mona, Ryan Michelle Bathe as her fearless and kind boss Kate, Jemima Kirke as The Countess, the manager of Robert’s band, Eva Longoria as Carmen, who does a fabulous song and dance number, and Wendi McLendon-Covey as TV chef Lucy.

The film is a touch too long, completely predictable and perhaps too simplistic for some but I was invested in Sylvie and Robert’s journey and loved watching how their lives panned out over the years.

Available on Amazon Prime Video now

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Men in Black: International – Film Review

I loved the original Men in Black and I’m a huge fan of Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson so I figured Men in Black: International was onto a winner. Sadly I have to report that it’s a bland, forgettable action movie. What a shame.

[Read more…]

Top Films for June

It’s the start of June, which means it’s time to look ahead at the releases coming to UK cinemas throughout this month. Here are my top suggestions –

[Read more…]

Sorry to Bother You: Film Review

I was so excited to see Sorry to Bother You and I’m glad it’s finally been given a UK release, but it is very, very odd. The first half is absolutely brilliant and I loved it so, so much, but it totally lost me towards the end when it got too weird.

[Read more…]

Aquaman to Creed II: Next week is a bumper premiere week in London

As I’m sure you will all know from my blog, premieres take place in London all the time – but next week is on another level, there are FOUR in a row! It is rare to have so many on consecutive days outside of the film festival, so here’s a rundown of what’s coming up.

[Read more…]

Sorry to Bother You: LFF Film Review

I had heard so many amazing things about Sorry to Bother You so I was among those successfully campaigning for it to get a UK release. The first half is absolutely brilliant and I loved it so, so much, but it totally lost me towards the end when it got too weird.

[Read more…]

Annihilation: Film Review

I was fuming when I read that UK audiences wouldn’t be getting Annihilation in cinemas. It felt unfair that we had to watch this effects-heavy sci-fi movie in our homes on Netflix when North America got it on the big screen. Something this good deserved a better setting than my measly TV with standard audio in my shared house to be honest.

[Read more…]

Costumes from Thor: Ragnarok

Costumes for Valkyrie, The Grandmaster and Loki

Thor: Ragnarok comes out in the UK today! And since I’ve already shared my review with you, I thought I’d celebrate its release by sharing these pictures I took of the costumes from the movie inside London’s Odeon Leicester Square recently.

[Read more…]

Thor: Ragnarok – Film Review

I liked the first two Thor movies; they were fine, they did the job, etc etc, but they didn’t leave me particularly enthusiastic about a third instalment so I didn’t think Thor: Ragnarok was necessary. I wasn’t even that excited for it. But I should have been because it is the best Thor so far and one of the strongest outings in the MCU.

[Read more…]

Top Films for October 2017

You know what time it is! Movie preview time! Here’s where I list what I want to see/recommend people check out each month.

[Read more…]